Hi Murphy's mum, I remember someone on this forum mentioning removal of the glands and the feedback from others (it may have been
Karlin?) suggested that it wasn't always terribly successful, I can't quite remember why though.
Phoebe would have to have a great deal of trouble before I would entertain surgery, so I know exactly what you mean. Providing she's not developing infections, she's comfortable and we can manage things with regular vet visits then I would prefer to leave well alone.
I would definitely give the bran a try, it's certainly never upset Phoebe's tum in any way and I do think it firms things up a bit
Oh and by the way, I've tried her with things that the vet prescribed to firm up her poop and they didn't work as well as the bran, so don't waste your money!!